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Placebo is a British alternative rock act. They were formed by Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal in 1994. Early influences on the band's sound included the likes of The Pixies, Sonic Youth, Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins and David Bowie. The band's debut single, Bruise Pristine, was released in 1995. This was followed in 1996 by the release of their first album, the self-titled Placebo.
After the success in the UK of their debut album, the band went on to release Without You I'm Nothing in 1998, which went platinum. After this, the albums Black Market Music and Sleeping with Ghosts were released in 2000 and 2003 respectively. Sleeping with Ghosts reached the Top 10 in the UK and sold 1.4 million copies across the world. Their greatest hits compilation, Once More with Feeling: Singles 1996-2004 came out in 2004. They then went on to release three further studio albums in 2006, 2009 and 2013: Med, Battle for the Sun and Loud Like Love. All the band's albums have made it into the UK Top 20.
Placebo have concentrated on their performances and taking their shows across the world, even from the early days of the band. During the beginning of their career, the band supported well known acts, including U2, Weezer and The Sex Pistols. They have also collaborated with David Bowie and The Cure, performing live on stage with both acts. In 2004, they performed UK shows with Har Mar Superstar. During this year, they also did a one-off concert at Wembley Arena, including a special appearance by The Cure's Robert Smith. In 2009, they were one of the headline acts at the iTunes Festival in London. They took their own show on the road at the end of this year. Towards the end of 2013, they performed in arenas across the UK and Europe.
As well as concentrating on their music, they also found time in 1998 to appear in the film, Velvet Goldmine. They also recorded their own version of 20th Century Boy by T.Rex for the soundtrack. Throughout their career, Placebo has been awarded a number of accolades for their musical prowess. In 1997, they received a Kerrang award for Best New British Band. They also received the Classic Songwriter award at the 2006 event. They walked away with the Best Alternative Band award at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony.